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US Marines Carry Out First Arrests Of Two Boko Haram Members In Benue State



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US Marines currently in Nigeria to help the government combat Boko

Haram terrorists have made their first arrests taking two male

suspects into custody after they were found in possession of arms and

ammunition during a targeted search.


Over the last week, US Marines have arrived in Nigeria to help with

the fight against terrorism after Boko Haram took their war of terror

to another level by abducting 234 pupils from Government Girls

Secondary School Chibok in Borno State. Acknowledging that the matter

was getting beyond its control, the Nigerian government swallowed its

pride and accepted outside help.


With the abduction coming at a time when Nigeria is hosting World

Economic Forum on Africa and inbetween two horrific bomb blasts in

Abuja, there has been a lot of international offer of support. France,

the UK, the US and China have all offered differing degrees of support

in the form of intelligence, training and military assistance.


Since Wednesday, US troops have arrived in Nigeria where they are

providing security for the WEF summit on Africa. It is expected that

the Marines will also join Nigerian soldiers in pursuing Boko Haram

into the Sambisa Forest in Borno State where they are believed to have

spirited the kidnapped girls to.


According to Major General Chris Olukolade, Nigeria’s director of

defence in¬formation, two suspected Boko Haram members were arrested

at Any¬ibe in Logo Local Gov¬ernment Area of Benue State. He added

that the duo, made up of a teenager and an elderly man, were arrested

during a cordon-and-search operation and found to be in possession of


Weapons found in their possession included two rifles, three locally

fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition. Apparently,

the arms were found in the possession of the teenager he is currently

undergoing interrogation in custody.


US marines are highly specialised soldiers who have been deployed

effectively in areas affected by serious conflict and terrorism such

as Afghanistan and Iraq. It is not yet clear how many Marines will be

deployed to Nigeria as part of the current operation or if they will

establish a base in Borno State.

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